Los Fresnos Church Of Christ
Jesus Required Hard Things - Rethinking Everything
  • Song
  • Song
  • Here I Am To Worship
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  • Cornerstone
  • How Great Is Our God
  • Introduction

    Welcome back Ducks to duck church, thanks for waddling in here this morning or waddling to your computers to watch this morning.
    Last week we discussed the need for us to allow our past to launch us forward and not to allow it to keep us down
    We have the ability to fly yet many of us are stuck waddling around like turkeys
    If you have your bible’s we’re going to launch into this message from Phil 3
    Philippians 3 NIV
    1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
    Did you catch all those encouragements to not stay stuck where you are?

    The Need to Launch

    It’s easy for us to become comfortable, complacent, confident, and stagnant in our faith.
    Jesus tells a parable warning of this very attitude
    Luke 12:16-21
    Luke 12:16–21 NIV
    16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
    Listen to Paul discuss the need to Launch in our text
    Phil 3:7-8
    Philippians 3:7 NIV
    7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
    Phil 3:12
    Philippians 3:12 NIV
    12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
    Phil 3:13-14
    Philippians 3:13–14 NIV
    13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    WHY WE NEED TO LAUNCH

    1. Need To Know Christ

    To be like him — Phil 2:9-11
    To live as he lived
    To think as he thinks
    John 17:3 NIV
    3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

    2. NEED TO KNOW POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION

    Justifies us —Rom 4:25
    Redeems us — Rom 6:4
    Empowers us — Rom 8:11

    3. NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUFFERING

    Cost of sonship — Rom 8:17
    A blessing to us — 1 Pet 3:14
    Your’s is the Kingdom of God — Matt 5:11
    Colossians 1:24 NIV
    24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
    Matthew 10:38–39 NIV
    38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

    4. NEED TO BECOME LIKE HIM IN HIS DEATH

    2 Cor 4:9-12
    2 Corinthians 4:9–12 NIV
    9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

    5. NEED TO ATTAIN TO THE RESURRECTION

    2 Cor 4:16-5:11
    2 Corinthians 4:16–18 NIV
    16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
    2 Corinthians 5:1–5 NIV
    1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
    2 Corinthians 5:6–10 NIV
    6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
      • Habakkuk 1:2–4NIV2011

      • Lamentations 3:1–20NIV2011

      • Hebrews 10:22NIV2011

      • Psalm 9:9–10NIV2011

      • Jeremiah 20:12NIV2011

      • Genesis 18:20–33NIV2011

      • 2 Kings 20:4–6NIV2011

      • Acts 4:23–30NIV2011

      • Romans 8:28NIV2011

  • No Greater Love

Let us get to know you!

Please take a moment to send us your information so that we may stay connected with you. Your information is carefully managed and protected.
I am a:
Age:
How did you hear about us?